Nina Shengold set herself an unusual challenge: to walk the path along the Ashokan Reservoir everyday for an entire year. Her new book, Reservoir Year, recounts that journey. Equal parts humorous, introspective, and poignant, the book reminds us of the power of taking the time to immerse ourselves in nature.
In this presentation, Shengold will be joined by friend, naturalist, and author Leslie T. Sharpe for a conversation about the book and the beautiful Catskills.
The presentation will be on Zoom. Registration is free and open to the public.
Nina Shengold's books include Reservoir Year: A Walker's Book of Days (Syracuse University Press); Clearcut, a novel (Anchor Books); and River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers, with photographer Jennifer May (SUNY Press). She won the Writers Guild Award for her teleplay Labor of Love and the ABC Playwright Award for Homesteaders. A longtime Ulster County resident, Shengold is a founder of Actors & Writers, Hudson Valley Writers Resist, and Word Cafe. She teaches creative writing at Vassar College and lives near the glorious Ashokan Reservoir. www.ninashengold.com
Leslie T. Sharpe is the author of the award-winning narrative, The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills. In 2019, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development named her one of Fifty Stewards of the Catskills, her greatest honor. Leslie is the former Vice President of the New York City Audubon Society, an environmentalist, and a lifelong naturalist living in the Great Western Catskills, where she spends her days with black bears, bobcats and bluebirds. She has taught writing and editing at Columbia University, New York University and the City College of New York, as well as with Writers in the Mountains here in the Catskills, and her book, Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing, is a staple text for writers and editors alike.